new patent wars to come ?
If we see that the jpeg patent has already cost a 100 million and could reach a billion and that now even the xml standard is under patent threat, it is clear the firms buying or representing patents to cash in are the pirates of tomorrow.
Intellectual Ventures, a start-up specializing in intellectual property has acquired thousands of patents in the past few years, according to sources close to the company. Some sources have further narrowed the figure to between 3,000 and 5,000 patents.
the question stays open for debate, no patents, other rules for patents or counterpatents. Patent everything you have to be able to play at the poker table.